National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest

November 26, 2015

My latest work is currently on view in R.E.M.X. at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest until March 2016. The exhibition was curated by Calin Man and Ileana Selejan.

REMX

Animated GIF Wins DPLA Award

December 20, 2014

Varone-brooklyn

The Digital Public Library of America chose this animated GIF as a winner in it’s GIF IT UP contest. The image is an amalgamation of Brooklyn, New York between 1898 and 2014.

Shitao at 40 Different Moments in Time

December 6, 2014

Mingwei-Varone

A 2004 work, “Shitao at 40 Different Moments in Time,” is on view at the in Lee Mingwei and His Relations, at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

New painting on view @ Tibi in New York.

June 25, 2014

5 Old-School NYC Video Artists You Should Know (and Follow)

May 15, 2014

#Artselfie in front of Peter Campus's "Kiva"

#Artselfie in front of Peter Campus’s “Kiva”

I wrote about the first generation to work with video as a medium in art. Here’s an excerpt:

Most written accounts of the origins of video art trace the medium back to the SonyPortapak, the first affordable, battery-powered, portable video-recording device that could be operated by a single individual. The resulting democratization of video was quickly seen as having radical potential. Artists could challenge the rising influence of broadcast media. All of a sudden, the barriers to working in this time-based medium were removed.

Read the entire piece on Hyperallergic.

Upcoming Exhibition. BROOKLYN UTOPIAS: In TRANSITion

September 9, 2013

Exhibition dates: September 17, 2013-January 12, 2014
Exhibition Opening: Tuesday, September 17, 6:30-9pm

Location: The Old Stone House & Washington Park, 5th avenue between 3rd and 4th street, Park
Slope. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm; Friday 3-6pm; or by appointment, (718) 768-
3195 or info@theoldstonehouse.org.

BROOKLYN, NY, August 27, 2013 — Brooklyn Utopias and Brooklyn’s Old Stone House &  Washington Park announce Brooklyn Utopias: In TRANSITion, opening September 17 from 6-9pm. Brooklyn Utopias: In TRANSITion brings together 19 artists and arts groups responding to differing visions of ideal urban transportation systems, or proposing their own. Some artists take inspiration from Brooklyn’s existing transportation landscape, while others ask the questions, through exaggeratedly Utopian and Dystopian transportation proposals, “Who gets to make decisions about the future of transit?” and, “What role can artists play?”

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The Bushwick 10: Ten Artists to Watch

June 24, 2013

Ten Artists to Watch From the 2013 Bushwick Open Studios 

Jason Varone

When I arrived at Jason Varone’s studio at the end of the day on Saturday, it was unbearably hot. This wasn’t just because it was 90 degrees outside and Varone has a third-floor studio with no air-conditioning; it was also because of all his equipment. Varone combines the handmade and the digital by pairing paintings with projections, lately focusing on landscapes, maps, and the environment. The work is whimsical and fun at first viewing, but look longer and you’ll find it’s also quite smart and prescient. —Jillian Steinhauer

Read the entire article on Hyperallergic.

 

Bushwick Open Studios: June 1st and 2nd

May 30, 2013

Come visit me during Bushwick Open Studios. June 1st and 2nd: 12pm – 7pm. Details/artists directory here.

Review of “It Isn’t Always Going to Be This Great”

May 22, 2013

Written by Edward M. Epstein for The Art Blog. An excerpt:

Varone excels at making linkages in both form and subject matter between the installation’s disparate elements. He designs for the entire room, drawing the eye up and down with the serpentine forms and side-to-side with the scrolling projections.

The most effective part of Varone’s approach is its subtlety. The work rewards slow, careful observation of its many connections and divergences. It Isn’t Always Going to Be This Great doesn’t seem so great to begin with—then blam! It hits with a punch line that is both well-crafted and frightening.

Solo show opens May 3rd in Philadelphia

April 23, 2013

PRESS RELEASE
April 19, 2013

“It Isn’t Always Going to Be This Great” – Jason Varone
Curated by Michael Konrad
Opens: Friday, May 3rd and runs through June 1, 2013
www.grizzlygrizzly.com
Press contact: Michael Konrad, mikekonrad@gmail.com

Grizzly Grizzly is pleased to present “It Isn’t Always Going to Be This Great” featuring a new, site-specific installation by Jason Varone for May 2013. In this multi-media project for Grizzly Grizzly, the Brooklyn-based artist combines wall drawings of smoke plumes with a projected animation of animals falling from the sky. Simultaneously, a black & white video of explosions from aerial drone attacks is intermittently decorated with washes of color over a sublime, melodramatic soundtrack.

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440 Gallery Presents Another Landscape Show, curated by Peter Gynd

January 29, 2013

Another Landscape Show, curated by Peter Gynd
February 21 to March 31, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21, 6:00-9:00 PM
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 17, 4:40 PM

Brooklyn, NY – Presenting new works by Jennifer Williams and Jason Varone, Another Landscape Show features work operating outside the canon of the traditional landscape. Working with imagery and media that investigate the underlying anatomy of a landscape, Williams and Varone emphasize the engagements, interactions and the culture of change that naturally take place in a landscape; revealing these to be more indicative of a place’s identity than its formal structure.

As a means of understanding the fundamental makeup of a place, Williams and Varone each combine traditional techniques with new media in innovative ways: utilizing large-scale photography, collage, Twitter feeds and various digital processes. Each resulting work provides a unique exploration of the evolving relationships between a place, its essence and its ideal.

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Varonearts Studio will be open for the Brooklyn Museum’s Go Brooklyn Art

August 3, 2012

GO is a borough-wide open studio project organized by the Brooklyn Museum. As part of GO, Brooklyn-based artists will open their studio doors to voters from 11:00am to 7:00pm on September 8 and 9, 2012. Community members registered as voters will visit studios and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Brooklyn Museum on Target First Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Information about registering as a voter here, and my artist profile here.

Currents 2012 reviewed in Hyperallergic

July 6, 2012

Read An Xiao’s review of the Currents 2012 New Media festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An excerpt:

Brooklyn artists Jason Varone and Peter Daverington both had a presence, the former with a poetic text on a painted landscape and the latter with a haunting geometric pattern in space. Others that caught my eye included Wang Yefeng’s interactive projection “Well Disciplined Kids,” which plays with symbols of Chinese military power, and Anne Farrell’s “Cottage,” a projection of homes and watercolor paintings.

Interview on Santa Fe public radio

June 23, 2012

While in Santa Fe for Currents 2012, I was interviewed on Santa Fe Radio Cafe. Audio of the interview can be found here.

MomentaArt’s 2012 Benefit

March 28, 2012

Wednesday, April 25th
Doors open at noon
Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres: 6-8pm
Raffle Drawing: 7pm-10pm

Preview Exhibition: April 6th through 23rd

Momenta Art
56 Bogart St
Bushwick, Brooklyn

 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS 

Photos from “Process of Performance”

August 31, 2011


View photos from the opening reception of Process of Performance, curated by Stephen Truax, and produced by Janis Ferberg, at I.C.A.N., Sydney. August 12, 2011.

PORTAL opens in Sydney, Australia August 12th

August 4, 2011

Process of Performance

August 12 – 22, 2011
Opening reception: Friday, August 12, 2011, 6 to 8 PM

Institute of Contemporary Art Newton (I.C.A.N)
Camperdown, Sydney, Australia

Portal is extremely excited to announce the forthcoming exhibition of new video and drawing from six New York-based artists at I.C.A.N. in Camperdown, Sydney.

Process of Performance takes on the documentation of artistic performances in video and drawing, and interprets them as metaphor for the process of being an artist, which can be much like a public performance. Ranging from the most seemingly banal experience, to time-based action, to performance, digital tools have become central to their works’ development and ultimate presentation.

Process of Performance will present five works by six artists: a VHS tape recording Colby Bird’s formal experimentations in sculpture in his studio, edited on the same TV-VCR on which it is presented; Jon Meyer’s performative drawing Eight hours drawing at one inch per hour with left and right hand, 2011, a drawing which was created with assistance from a unique software program the artist developed; Kevin Regan’s home-made video, widely available and presented in the gallery on YouTube, The Conversion of St. Paul, 2007, shows the artist passing out and waking up three minutes later after taking Salvia Divinorum, while his wife supervises and cleans the kitchen in the background; an illustration of a cloud, hand-painted on the wall, will rain Twitter feeds in Jason Varone’s microprojection Inclement Weather, 2010; Jody Wood and Mikel Bisbee-Durlam present a two-screen video documenting their performance of dragging one another through the streets of Bushwick, and within the controlled environment of a studio, while covered in concrete. continue…

Smoke Signals at Kianga Ellis Projects

July 27, 2011

Kianga Ellis Projects (KEP) is a mobile gallery program that hosts conversations about the studio practice and work of invited contemporary artists. KEP’s inaugural Art Talks Weekend will take place on July 29th through 31st at HD3 on 560 Montezuma Avenue, located in the heart of the Sanbusco/Railyard District in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The weekend’s program is open to the public and will involve several of the artists attending in person and via Skype. Follow on the Web by watching the talks on Ustream and Twitter using the hashtag #KEP.

Friday, July 29th, 3 – 8:30 pm/OPENING RECEPTION 5 – 7:30 pm

The full schedule is available here.

Online catalog for “By Chance, A Video Show”

January 31, 2011

There is an online catalog for “By Chance, A Video Show,” which includes essays by John G. Hanhardt, senior curator of media arts at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Kathleen MacQueen and a statement by curator Peter Campus. An excerpt from MacQueen’s “Subtle Intensities of the Unexpected:”

War, economics, and the environment are all topics of news headlines; they are also the subjects of Varone’s art, sometimes with an emphasis on war or the environment but often recognizing that all three systems are interrelated. But headlines are the stuff of sound bites designed to draw us in, stimulate our anxiety, and provide little substantial information. They are the “Pop” in Lichtenstein’s appropriation of comic book and advertising iconography. As he reflects our social and political universe is there an incentive toward active resistance? By Varone’s own admission, his news is “bad news” – it can be overwhelming if it isn’t filtered. The irony provided by the childlike innocence of his line drawings mask the destruction designated by the crawlers – a tense standoff between the tolerable and the intolerable.

“By Chance, A Video Show,” at 80WSE Galleries

January 13, 2011

Please join me at 80 Washington Square East Galleries for By Chance, a Video Show. I will be displaying my latest installation “Dromospheric Pollution.” An online catalog will be produced with essays by the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s John Hanhardt, and Kathleen MacQueen. Opening on Tuesday, January 25th, from 6 – 8pm. Curatorial statement from Peter Campus:

These are six lines crossing at one point, at this time, at this place. The lines have different origins, different lengths, different vectors. Like the detective in Jorge Luis Borges ‘Death and the Compass’ (La Muerte y la Brújula) I look for meaning in these coincidences.

Alejandro Cesarco
Seoungho Cho
Nayda Collazo-Llorens
Jaime Davidovich
Beryl Korot
Jason Varone

I have applied the same level of intuition in my choices of artists as I do in the making of my own art work, believing that intuition (by any other name) consists of non deductive processes, and is the secret to the brain’s potential power.

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Not With a Whimper, But a Bang

January 8, 2011

untitled animated GIF

December 13, 2010

This animated GIF was uploaded to a handmade USB thumb drive.
It was a Secret Santa gift and given away at Cristin Tierney Gallery
during their 2010 Holiday party/Artists gathering on December 14th, 2010.

Click to play. (Please use Firefox)

“alterations” at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

December 8, 2010


I will be creating a new site specific installation entitled “Not With a Whimper, But a Bang” at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. Click here to read the press release. An excerpt:

Locks Gallery is pleased to present alterations, a group exhibition featuring digital media, curated by the artist Peter Campus. alterations will be on view January 7th through February 5th, 2011. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, January 7th, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Artists: Peter Campus, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Kathleen Graves, Beryl Korot and Jason Varone.

MetaDataPhile gets reviewed in The OC Art Blog

September 20, 2010

An excerpt:

In our fast-paced technology driven society, rarely is there time to pause for reflection or analysis of all the information we take on daily. Brooklyn artist Jason Varone’s piece Inclement Weather is part mural, part multi media video projection. Composed of a cartoon cloud painted directly on the wall, a video projection of reconfigured, live twitter feeds and news feeds fall vertically like rain from the painting. Varone calls himself a landscape painter because he paints and creates topographically but he sees the new landscape as digital in our contemporary society. Much of Varone’s work explores how we perceive social issues through various media outlets.

Images From the MetaDataPhile Exhibition

September 10, 2010

Just got back to New York after a three week residency at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. I was invited to work there by Jennifer Frias and Lilia Lamas, who curated MetaDataPhile: The Collapse of Visual Information, in which I have two new videopaintings. For those of you who were not in the Los Angeles region for the opening, here are some images of my work in the MetaDataPhile exhibition. The entire photo set can also be viewed below.

Featured artists in MetaDataPhile are: Cory Arcangel and Frankie Martin, Josh Azzarella, Petronio Bendito, Matthew Bryant, Sky Burchard, Kathy Grayson, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Ken Rinaldo, Kim Rugg, Jason Salavon, Peter Sarkisian, John Sisley, Stephanie Syjuco, Michael Toillion and Jason Varone.

Working at the GCAC was a great experience and I will be posting images of the work I made while in residence shortly.

UPDATE: Some of the new pieces have been uploaded here.